Chicago Warriors: I Feel Sick

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"The boys are really doing well aren't they Susan?" Beth had stopped over at Susan O'Hara's house for a quick visit before her appointment at the beauty parlor.

Susan was finishing up with the breakfast dishes at the sink while they talked. "They are now," she replied. "The first couple of weeks we were all like zombies, none of us able to tell up from down, just going through each day praying and crying. They've adjusted to the fact that their Daddy is gone; my parents have helped us immeasurably also. Mac and Shirley have taken them a couple of times for overnights, which has allowed me to have some time for myself. I am just so thankful to be blessed with family and friends that love us so much..."

Beth got up from the table and poured herself another cup of coffee. "That's great Susan. Remember that Pete and I are always here for you too-that will never change."
"Thanks, that means a lot. Hey, you are really looking healthy Beth. You and Pete must have resolved all of your problems."

Beth sipped her coffee, "We have made great strides, it's almost like we're dating again. There's this feeling of newness that surrounds our relationship."
"God has really blessed you both," said Susan.

"Amen. Anyway... ugh, excuse me for a minute."
Beth rushed to the bathroom barely making it in time before she lost her breakfast. Susan heard what happened and yelled through the closed door... "Beth, are you okay?"
" out in a minute." She finished rinsing her mouth and washing her hands then walked out of the bathroom.
"Sorry Sue, this past week I've been feeling nauseous...must be coming down with something."

"Can I ask you something," said Susan.

"Have you considered the fact that you may be pregnant?"
"What?" said Beth? "No, it never entered my mind! Oh my gosh...that would be such a gift from God if I am. I need to find out; Susan forgive me but I'm going to Walgreens to buy a home pregnancy test."

She gathered her purse and headed toward the front door. "Am I an idiot or what?" she asked Susan. That should have been the first thing that I thought about but I didn't."

Opening the front door to leave, she said, "Sue, please don't say anything about this to anyone, especially Pete. If I am pregnant, it will be the answer to so many prayers..."

"Don't worry honey, I won't. But you have to call me when you know-agreed?"

"I will. God bless you for your wisdom, love, and friendship."

"You're welcome; good luck with the test and thanks for the visit. The children love when you stop over." "Bye."
Susan shut the door and made her way back to the kitchen to finish with the cleaning. She said a silent prayer for Beth and Pete. Dear Father, I pray that you will bless them with a child, a gift that they both deserve. Please be with my dear friend Beth, guide her through a healthy pregnancy and fill her with a spirit of your love and wisdom so that she can instill that same love and faith in their little baby. In Jesus' name I pray...Amen.

Still deep in thought, she said another prayer for her own children, and then as she had done each day since his death, she spent some time talking with her husband Joe. The pain and longing was still there...

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John Wills spent 2 years in the U.S. Army before serving 12 years with the Chicago Police Department (CPD). He left the CPD to become an FBI Special Agent, working organized crime, violent crime, and drugs.  John Wills is an author of Chicago Warriors: Midnight Battles in the Windy City published by

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